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Female U16 Action from Day One
Saturday, April 04, 2009

The Female U16 BC Cup game-play got underway yesterday at the South Cariboo Recreation Centre in 100 Mile House.  A total of six (6) games were played on Day Two (2) of the Female U16 BC Cup.  The first day of the camp consisted on-ice practices for each team and off-ice training as well.  The following will provide a summary on each game.

The BC Hockey Female U16 program has been designed to instruct and prepare the players for future opportunities in the Female High Performance Program.  The Female Under 16 BC Cup will host the most talented 14-15 year old female players in BC, and prepare the players for the next step in their developmental process.  Open tryouts occurred January 2-4, in six (6) designated zones throughout the Branch.  The players were evaluated throughout the weekend, and six (6) teams were selected following the tryout to participate in the Female U16 BC Cup.

The first game of the day featured Team Kootenay and Team Okanagan.  Kootenay won a lot of battles down low in the Okanagan zone which created a number of great scoring chances.  Kootenay outshot Okanagan 38-32 but strong goaltending from Tara Bouvette and Shelby Tse kept the Okanagan team in front. In the end Okanagan’s power forwards were too much for Kootenay as Okanagan went on to win 5-2.

After a tentative start to the game, Team Greater Vancouver managed to put two (2) pucks behind Fraser Valley’s goaltender Mathias in the first period.  Both teams settled down in the second period with Team Fraser Valley scoring three (3) goals to tie the game at four (4), but Vancouver was able to get one late to take a one (1) goal lead into the second intermission.  In the third period the Fraser Valley team played step for step with the talented Vancouver squad.  With less than a minute to go and Fraser Valley’s goalie on the bench, the Vancouver squad managed an empty net goal to win the game 6-4.

After a scoreless period to start the game between Team North and Team Island, North forward Taya Garneau opened the scoring early in the second period.  North took a two (2) goal lead on rush by defensemen Linda Jensen with Kailey Johnson finishing the play on a great drive to the net.  Early in the third period, North took a three (3) goal lead on a pass from Zoe Paulson to Ashley Bartsch.  Island applied pressure late and were rewarded with their first goal of the game.  After the Island pulled their goalie, they scored their second with less than a minute left in the game.  This was as close as they would get the game ended 3-2 in favour of Team North.

Over 400 friends, families and fans took in the opening ceremonies held mid-afternoon on Friday. Special guests were welcomed to the red carpet followed by the young female players from 100 Mile Minor Hockey leading the teams and officiating crew out onto the ice.  The ceremonies featured speeches from Cathy Mason (BC Hockey North Central District Director), Bruce Tuck (Branch Female High Performance Coordinator), Art Dumeresque (CRD), Jeannie Best (100 Mile acting Mayor), two RCMP officers in full uniform, and the signing of the National anthem by Tammy Stusrud.

Team Okanagan played a strong first period against Team Fraser Valley in the fourth game of action of the day. Colby Williams opened scoring mid way through the first period.  Okanagan came out hard after the first intermission and Miranda Pendergraft scored at 19:35 of the period. Fraser Valley came within one (1) after an impressive goal scored by Brittany Wakefield with five (5) minutes left in the second period.  Both teams played well in the third with lots of end to end action and great offensive zone pressure.  Fraser Valley lacked the luck and was unable to score on a number of great chances. Okanagan went on to win the game 3-1.  Fraser Valley’s Lattica Castillo turned away 38 of 41 shots and Okanagan’s Tara Bouvette stopped 28 of 29 in the win.   

It was the second game of the day for both teams but Team Kootenay was apparently the better conditioned team taking an aggressive offensive attack to Team Island throughout the three (3) periods of play.  Kootenay’s Westergaatd stood tall in net against Team Island except for one (1) goal scored by Maggie Paugh.  Shea Weighill led Kootenay with a hat trick and Erika Sowchuk followed up with her steady play at both ends of the ice with a pair of goals and one (1) assist.  Daley Odd and Hailey Mclean chipped in singles to complete the Kootenay onslaught.  7-1 Kootenay was the final.  

The home town fans flowed into the South Cariboo Recreation Centre as the Host District (Team North) took on the Greater Vancouver team.  The Northern team responded by jumping out to an early lead and took a one (1) goal lead into the first break.  However the strength of the Greater Vancouver squad showed as they came storming back with a couple of high-light reel goals en route to a 6-2 victory.

Female U16 BC Cup Standings





Team Greater Vancouver




Team Okanagan




Team North




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